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Are Quarantine Restrictions an Abuse of Government Power? (How to Know if Government Restrictions are Unreasonable)

Living during a pandemic like the Coronavirus is a strange, unprecedented, and frightening experience. Our activities and movement are being restricted by the government in ways that most of us have never experienced. This can feel threatening. While these government restrictions are, ostensibly, for the sake of protecting public health during the pandemic, some people… Continue reading Are Quarantine Restrictions an Abuse of Government Power? (How to Know if Government Restrictions are Unreasonable)

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Whimsical Watercolors: A Little Levity for Your Saturday–A Kangaroo in a Sports Bra (Bet You Didn’t See That One Coming)

The other day on Amazon, I saw a category of clothing titled "sports bras for women". And it made me laugh because I started imagining other categories of sports bras... Like maybe sports bras for giraffes. Or fish. Or kangaroo. And then this happened.  Happy Saturday: ***** If you enjoyed this post, please consider sharing… Continue reading Whimsical Watercolors: A Little Levity for Your Saturday–A Kangaroo in a Sports Bra (Bet You Didn’t See That One Coming)

Politics and Love, Uncategorized

Is It Possible to Act Unethically While Protesting Abortion? (The Answer Might Surprise You)

I wish to be very clear up front about what I am not doing in this post, as well as its basic underlying assumptions. First, here is what I am not doing: In this post, I am not going to tell you that you should be for or against abortion. This is an important ethical… Continue reading Is It Possible to Act Unethically While Protesting Abortion? (The Answer Might Surprise You)

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Are Christians Who are Quarantined for Attending Easter Services Being Persecuted? (How to Do the Right Thing in a Pandemic.)

Since the Coronavirus pandemic became a national emergency, many leaders in various states have taken increasingly strong measures to combat the virus, including closing non-essential business and discouraging or forbidding people to meet for church services, including for Easter. As a result of this, some people (especially some Christians) have claimed that this is an… Continue reading Are Christians Who are Quarantined for Attending Easter Services Being Persecuted? (How to Do the Right Thing in a Pandemic.)

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Practicing Resurrections in All Areas of Life

Today is Easter, and many people from the Christian tradition, like me, are celebrating the Resurrection. And this is wonderful. But I am also celebrating the possibility of practicing resurrections in all areas of our life. We practice resurrection every time we remember that Love is truest thing about us. It is our truest nature,… Continue reading Practicing Resurrections in All Areas of Life

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10 Cool Things That Happened When I Stopped Exercising and Started Playing

In the last five years, I stopped exercising, and I started playing. Because of this, I tend to practice Playful Movement every day now--sometimes I play a little, and sometimes I play a lot. Whenever I practice, my focus is curiosity, joy, adventure, and moving so that there is more of me, not less of… Continue reading 10 Cool Things That Happened When I Stopped Exercising and Started Playing

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Care Package #4 for Stressful Times: Practicing Self-Regulation

This post is in a series about dealing with stressful times. You can find links to the other posts in this series at the end of this post. One of the ways we help ourselves deal with difficult times is by practicing. Here are some paintings and thoughts to help you with that. ***** If… Continue reading Care Package #4 for Stressful Times: Practicing Self-Regulation

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Anxiety Care Package #1 for Stressful Times

Dear All: I am writing this post during the Coronavirus pandemic (but this post is applicable to any time of stress and anxiety). A lot of us struggle with anxiety, especially during scenarios like we are facing right now. In times like this, we often need help managing our thoughts and worries. Below I have… Continue reading Anxiety Care Package #1 for Stressful Times

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A Kentucky Horse Farm: A Whimsical Watercolor

If you are like a lot of folks--and like me--all of the news about the Coronavirus may have you feeling a little unsettled. If so, I hope this picture of a Kentucky horse farms brings you a little peace and happiness. It made me feel that way while painting it. Peace to you, Friends. May… Continue reading A Kentucky Horse Farm: A Whimsical Watercolor

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What is Socialism? Why are People Scared of It? (And Should They Be?)—Part I

You should know that I am not interested in this post in either persuading you to be for or against socialism. Nor am I interested in this post in persuading you to vote for a certain political candidate. In this post, I specifically want to focus on what socialism is. One of the unfortunate things… Continue reading What is Socialism? Why are People Scared of It? (And Should They Be?)—Part I